Genesis Prize, Spielberg award $2 million in support of racial justice

Genesis Prize, Spielberg award $2 million in support of racial justice

The Genesis Prize Foundation has announced that 2021 Genesis Prize laureate Steven Spielberg is donating his $1 million prize to organizations working on the frontlines of racial and economic justice in the United States.

With an additional $1 million matching contribution from Spielberg and his wife, Kate Capshaw, grants totaling $2 million were awarded to ten nonprofits: Avodah, Black Voters Matter, the Collaborative for Jewish Organizing, Dayenu – A Jewish Call to Climate Action, Jews of Color Initiative, Justice for Migrant Women, the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the Native American Rights Fund, One Fair Wage, and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.

"America is facing a crisis and our responsibility is to act now — so that America can be 'America again — The land that has never been yet — And yet must be,'" said Spielberg, quoting the poet Langston Hughes. "Honored to be among the Genesis Prize laureates, I am both granting my award prize and Kate and I are matching the contribution with funds from our foundation to inspiring social justice organizations — Jewish and secular — that are on the frontlines of the struggle for a more equitable America. We admire these organizations for their honesty and moral imagination and urge all those who share this vision to join us, so that the work of these nonprofits may continue and grow."

"For years, America's commitment to freedom, justice, and equality set an example for the world; today, we can no longer take these ideals for granted," said Genesis Prize Foundation co-founder and chair Stan Polovets. "Our democratic foundations are being challenged, and the COVID crisis has further increased social and economic disparities. Steven Spielberg's decision to focus his Genesis Prize on the pursuit of racial and economic justice reflects the urgent need for us to act. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said: 'The demand for justice, peace, and enlightenment runs through the entirety of Jewish tradition.' Kate and Steven's generosity and vision translate this ancient quest into meaningful social action our country needs today."